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Posted by Johnny on 07/25/2011
If it's cold overcooked pasta you seek, this is the place to order from! If you're looking to wait a long time so your hunger and anticipation grows - just to be dissappointed by food when it finally arrives - this is the place for you. my pasta had no sauce so I called & asked for some. they said they'd send it but they actually called me during my 25 minute wait for sauce to tell me that their server claimed my pasta did, in fact, have sauce. my invitation to them to come over & see for themselves was refused. when the sauce arrived, it may as well have been ketchup. The single worst delivery experience ever, With so many good Italian restaurants in town, eating La Vela's food is just foolish.
Posted by Bruce on 05/11/2011
Great atmosphere and delicious food but we had an inexperienced waitress that never noticed our empty drink glasses. I finally went up to the bar myself to get them. In all fairness, she appeared to have too many tables and to have been a little inexperienced. We will go back because we both enjoyed our meals.
Posted by pirella on 03/21/2011
I came with my sister for a quiet dinner. The waiter was very charming and attentive. I had the clams with linguine. It was excellent. My sister had the Carpaccio Di Manzo with Broccoli Rabe. Delightful.Will be back soon
Posted by CKSWarriorQueen on 03/15/2011
We had an amazing, memorable meal here....grilled veggies, fresh fettuccine w/baby artichokes, prosciutto, tomatoes, and cream, and saltimbocca, with a lovely bottle of Montepulciano. Double espresso, warm apple tart with ice cream & chocolate sauce (thus covering all the necessary dessert food groups!), and grappa. A short but comprehensive wine list, especially if you know what you like--wonderful, fresh ingredients, beautifully cooked and plated. We really can't wait to return!
Posted by UWsider on 02/23/2011
I have been coming to La Vela for a long time..no- a LONG, long time (5 yrs). Here is the kick....as time goes by you get the amazing food (as always) but the service and portion size increases...regardless of the economy...they deliver EVERY time. No small feat. Great food, great wine and family friendly. Will not go anywhere else ever.
Posted by Jenna on 11/10/2010
My friend was in for the NYC marathon and we were looking for some pre-race pasta. La Vela hosts a team of German runners the night before the race, however they offered for us to sit at the bar, which was inviting after a long day at the Expo. The wait staff was excellent, very accommodating and upbeat which was great the night before a big race. Food was even better! I though the calamari was excellent. Special pasta dish was fresh, and they have a selection of fresh pasta. Definitely recommend to anyone wanting great Italian food! I would also go back pre-marathon!
Posted by nyceater on 10/28/2010
Mediocre in every way. I wasn't one of the reviewers getting delivery, or one of the many out of towners -- just a regular New Yorker looking for a good Italian meal. Sadly, the wine by the glass was among the worst I have ever had in NYC, but the food was decent, totally edible, without being exceptional. The service was good, but that doesn't make up for food that wasn't special in any way in a city with an Italian restaurant every few blocks. I won't be going back anytime soon.